Alchemy: An Intro to the Symbolism and Psychology by Marie-Louise Von Franz



Synopsis: Shows the secret goal of alchemy to be the transformation of the personality, the search for wholeness. Invaluable for interpreting images in modern dreams and for an understanding of relationships.


My Thoughts and what I learned: 

This text was a bit difficult for me to digest and at some points I felt what was discussed was not entirely necessary. I felt that some of it could be weeded out so we could simply have the main topic discussed. I definitely did enjoy it and felt that it was relevant to my life. The synopsis describes how the goal of alchemy is to reach wholeness and this wholeness pertains to balancing the unconscious, which is also related to the darkness within us, and the conscious, reason.That we are to learn to not allow unconscious to swallow us whole or conscious to destroy the unconscious. Essentially when we achieve this Self, or Higher-Self (in terms of spirituality), “begins to manifest in space and time … [and] has an immediate effect upon the whole of life; then action and reaction are constantly in accordance with the Self… and can produce autonomous impulses.. it is no longer a question of right or wrong, for if one is one with the Self one does not care any more.”.We simply do what is needed to be done because we will finally be giving ourselves to our Higher-Self, which knows all.

Recommended to: If your interested in psychology or spirituality or simply seeking to understand oneself better then I suggest this text! You may have difficulties with keeping to the text, but don’t give up! You’ll find some great information and learn about yourself more than you may believe you’ll find.

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